Project Details

The Apprentice Chef Project

The Overall Winner of The Apprentice Chef will receive kitchen utensils to the value of €1,000 for their school  plus a cookery workshop within their school with the Apprentice chef team,an Apprentice Chef uniform and a specially commissioned chopping board from Ambri boards.

The Apprentice Chef challenge is for students to create a recipe for a dish using only fresh and local ingredients that represent good mood food.The initial screening will be made on written projects submitted to the students teacher. The qualifiers will then be assigned a mentor chef to help them develop their chosen dish.

They will then be required to prepare and cook their recipe for the Mentor Chefs who will offer mentoring,advice and encouragement beforehand for judging at a  ‘Cook-offs’ in the Institute of Technology Tralee and Institute of Technology Waterford.The successful applicants from each school will then proceed to the finale of The Apprentice Chef

Registration packs on The Apprentice Chef will be posted  to all Secondary Schools and interested schools are required to register before the given closing date. For further details onThe Apprentice chef contact Bernie via email by calling 086 609 5318

Mark Doe, Apprentice Chef Mentor commented “With the importance of healthy eating andyou are what you eat, we believe that the Apprentice Chef will bring an enhanced awarenessof this to the Secondary School level, as well as promoting the hospitality industry as a careerchoice. We are very excited about the future of The Apprentice Chef and hope to bring theproject to a national level in the coming years.


To steer students towards eating a healthier and more balanced diet that will improve their mental and physical health and to also promote the catering industry as a career choice. All enquires should be emailed to

The Mentoring Process

The  selected schools will be invited to bring enthusiastic students to IT Tralee or I.T Waterford during October/November, where a series of workshops and demonstrations outlining the core objective of the project to clarify expectations.The mentor chefs will be assigned schools each and they will mentor the student chefs via Gmail and Facebook to improve the original recipe.

Each school will nominate two pupils to go through to the initial cook-off at Tralee or Waterford. The finalists will be invited to The Apprentice Chef finale in the Hotel, Culinary & Tourism Department in the IT,Tralee where they will produce their dishes for tasting and judging by a panel of independent judges.

Should your school be selected the following requirements are a perquisite to theprogramme

1. The dish must be healthy and prepared using fresh ingredients and no convenience orready-made sauces

2. The dish should be nutritionally sound

3. The food should represent ‘Good Mood Food’ and ‘You are what you eat’

4. There should be no processed food in the dish

5. As far as possible, produce used should be locally sourced

6. The full recipe and method for the dish must be submitted

 The winner will receive:

1. A cookery workshop at their school by The Apprentice chef team.

2. Apprentice Chef uniform

3. €1,000 for the winning school of kitchen utensils

4. A specially commissioned Ambri chopping board

5. A copy of the Just cooking cook book

 The runners-up will each receive:

1. Apprentice chef uniform

2. A specially commissioned Ambri chopping board

3. A certificate of their talking part in the project

4. A copy of the Just cooking cook book